(Still catching up with postings–here is one on an inspirational chant.)
Shortly before becoming pregnant with my daughter I learned a version of “Om Namo Narayana” a Hindu chant. It brought me peace. During my pregnancy I spent hours in the car from Virginia Beach to NYC or Virginia Beach to Long Island or Virginia Beach to Northern New Jersey. Much of that driving time I was singing this chant to her. The version I sing is softer sounding than the versions that I found on YouTube.
I did not know the “meaning” of the words for 35 years. From the Internet: Om Namo Narayanaya is a salutation to the god Vishnu, often called “The Preserver” in Hindu mythology. His role is to maintain the world in balance. Therefore, this mantra represents those who seek balance, peace, or equanimity (i.e. mental calmness).
As an unwed mother starting the path of becoming a spiritual guide, I needed peace and so did Laurie in utero. We both experienced peace and balance. This was one of the lullabies I sang to Laurie. This is still of one of my favorite chants.